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McKenzie Street to be closed due to house demolition

MOUNT VERNON - The City of Mount Vernon has announced McKenzie Street between Ohio Avenue and Gambier Street will be closed beginning on Friday, August 28th for two weeks.  During that time crews will demolish the house at 200 East Gambier.  The structure was heavily damaged by fire in November of last year.  

MV street sweeping schedule announced for next week

MOUNT VERNON - The Street Department resumes street sweeping next week. The department is asking cooperation from residents in having their vehicles moved on the day their street is scheduled for sweeping. Next week’s schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, September 2:

  • West High Street (West City limit to Mulberry Street)
  • West Vine Street (Fountain Street to Mulberry Street)

Thursday, September 3rd:

  • East High Street (Gay Street to Stevens Street)
  • East Vine Street (Gay Street to Edgewood Road)

Friday, September 4th: Downtown areas - early a.m.

Disaster exercise conducted in Mount Vernon

MOUNT VERNON - Knox County officials got an idea of how well local emergency workers in the county will respond to a natural disaster with a hazardous materials emergency, when theystaged the annual disaster exercise Tuesday.

Knox County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and Knox County Emergency Management sponsored the exercise, which involved police and fire departments, emergency medical teams, and Knox Community Hospital, as well as Central Ohio Farmer Co-Op's own industrial emergency team, reacting to a simulated release of hazardous materials.

The LEPC intentionally simulated a much larger incident than possible to ensure that all facets of the County's plan could be practiced and evaluated. The Central Ohio Farmer Co-Op volunteered for the hazardous materials site so they could also evaluate their response if an emergency were to occur at their facility. Door hangers were placed on houses surrounding the Central Ohio Farmer Co-Op to alert residents that there may be increased local First Responder Traffic, as well as simulated smoke in and around the COFC.

County EMA Director Mark Maxwell said "I think the drill went very well. I think we all learned a great deal and identified areas where we can continue to improve."

Aerial video shot by Ed Sims of the exercise was posted to Facebook.  See the video at this link: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDwLqHlpI9g&feature=youtu.be

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